Fwd: [ANN] iw: v0.9.19

Luis R. Rodriguez mcgrof at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 18:16:08 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 7:56 AM, Tony Espy <espy at canonical.com> wrote:
> Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:41 AM, Luis R. Rodriguez <mcgrof at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 9:14 AM, Tim Gardner <tim.gardner at canonical.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
>>>>> Slowly deprecating wireless-tools in favor for iw is a good step
>>>>> forward for users, this is the latest iw release. The iw documentation
>>>>> is available at:
>>>>> http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Documentation/iw
>>>>> And for those looking for a quick guide when trying to get used to iw
>>>>> by referencing wireless-tools as example can use this:
>>>>> http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Documentation/iw/replace-iwconfig
>>>>> I noticed iw was not installed by default on 9.10, would be nice to
>>>>> see it default in Lucid.
>>>>>  Luis
>>>> Luis - iw is currently a universe package. When will it become mandatory
>>>> for manipulating wireless settings?
>>>> I just uploaded iw_0.9.19
>>> Well I don't ever refer anyone to 'iwconfig' except for two things
>>> which we haven't ported yet:
>>>  * Changing output tx power
>>>  * Disabling/enabling/tuning power save
>>> Apart from these two things 'iw' should be used by users for every
>>> thing else. For modern 802.11n devices you will only get its
>>> capabilities and scanning information from 802.11n APs using iw.
>>> wireless-tools is deprecated just like ifconfig is in favor for ip at
>>> this point.
>> By the same token the rfkill userspace app is just as helpful, it
>> certainly can help debug a lot of issues. I don't think that one is
>> installed by default yet. One argument for such tool to be installed
>> by default is it *can* allow for actual software rfkill when a
>> platform does not have some button for it.
> The rfkill userspace app is included in wireless-tools which lives in main,
> which I think is installed by default ( it's present on my Karmic system and
> I don't recall installing it directly ).

Interesting, what's it doing stuffed with wireless-tools?

> If "iw" is needed in main, I can write the MIR for inclusion in main (
> unless someone's already beaten me to it ).

That would be greatly appreciated.


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